health insurance

  • Reality check: Shop or drop this Open Season

    For most federal workers and retirees going over the fiscal cliff in January isn’t the problem du jour. If you or a family member gets really sick, or has a serious accident in the new year that is reality, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. That, rightly so, will be your No. 1 problem. And whether you come out of it alive and kicking or financially strapped could depend on what you do between now and next Monday.

  • Changes coming in 2013 to flexible spending accounts

    As federal employees weigh health plan options during Open Season, federal benefits consultant Ed Zurndorfer advises feds not overlook flexible spending accounts.

  • Playing catch-up with health insurance

    Long before there was the Affordable Care Act, aka ObamaCare, there was the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program, which actually became a model for the new health-care law, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

  • The end is near, seriously!

    Not to put a damper on things but you have less than two weeks to pick your health plan and less than a month until the end of the world. We can help you big time with the first deadline, but when it comes to the Mayan calendar warnings, you are on your own, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

  • Jimmy Choo at Payless Shoes?

    Wouldn’t it be great if you could get Jimmy Choo shoes or Savile Row suits at Payless Shoes or Wal-Mart? The hitch is you can’t, and it’s a reality federal workers and retirees need to consider when picking their 2013 health plan, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

  • Two’s a couple, three’s a family!

    Whether your family consists of just a husband or you have 18 dependents, a family is a family as far as Uncle Sam is concerned. And that ticks off couples who resent paying the same health premiums as those charged a large family, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Is that right?

  • Taking your Open Season questions

    Walton Francis, THE expert on the federal health-insurance program, joined host Mike Cause to answer federal employees’ and retirees’ questions about finding the right plan during Open Season, which runs through Dec. 10.

  • Your other health plan option – failure

    In inspirational movies, a heroic general often says things like, “failure is not an option.” And that’s silly, of course, because failure is always an option and that’s especially true for millions of current and former federal workers – some of whom are sleepwalking their way through the health insurance hunting season, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

  • Health insurance and the single life

    When it comes to picking a federal health plan, two cannot live as cheaply as one – you want to be the Lone Ranger, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

  • Tips for Open Season 2013

    Benefits consultants Walton Francis and Ed Zurndorfer offer top tips for federal employees considering a new health plan. Open Season runs from Nov. 12 to Dec. 10.